Date
17 January 2017
Chan Pak-shan (inset right) shows his injuries (inset top left). A police officer shows the spot where Chan allegedly struck him (inset bottom left). Photos: AFP, Apple Daily, Ming Pao
Chan Pak-shan (inset right) shows his injuries (inset top left). A police officer shows the spot where Chan allegedly struck him (inset bottom left). Photos: AFP, Apple Daily, Ming Pao

Protester cleared of assaulting police

A pro-democracy protester has been found not guilty of assaulting a police officer after a magistrate said there is a “reasonable possibility” he was the victim in the alleged attack.

Chan Pak-shan was also cleared of all charges stemming from his refusal to produce his identity card for police inspection, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

Magistrate Winston Leung said the officer’s account of the incident was degraded by the possibility that the assault did not happen as described by the policeman.

Leung said Chan sustained injuries to his left eye, face, chest and thigh which were more serious than those the officer allegedly suffered.

He also dismissed the officer’s claim that Chan’s injuries came when he hit a steel railing.

The case stemmed from an incident on September 29, the second day of last year’s democracy protests, when Chan allegedly hit an officer in the chest after being asked for his ID.

Chan testified that the officer and his colleagues approached him after he was overheard complaining to friends that they had left their car’s engine idling on the roadside near a protest area.

Leung scolded the officers who testified for their colleague for not being truthful, saying their claim that the concerned officer had given a polite explanation to Chan was unbelievable.

Chan had denied the charges. He said he plans to file a complaint against the officers for perverting the course of justice.

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